OMKARESHWAR

Omkareshwar is a Hindu temple dedicated to God Shiva. It is one of the 12 revered Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. It is on an island called Mandhata or Shivapuri in the Narmada river; the shape of the island is said to be like the Hindu ॐ symbol. There are two temples here, one to Omkareshwar (whose name means "Lord of Omkaara or the Lord of the Om Sound") and one to Amareshwar (whose name means "Immortal lord" or "lord of the Immortals or Devas"). But as per the sloka on dwadash jyotirligam, Mamleshwar is the jyotirling, which is on other side of Narmada river.


Places of Interest

Shri Omkar Mandhata

It stands on a 2 Km long and 1 km wide island formed by the fork of the Narmada. It is constructed from local soft stone which has enabled its artisans to achieve a rare degree of detailed work of which the friezes on the upper parts of the structure are the most striking.The stone roof of the temple is also intricately carved.Encircling the temples are verandahs with columns which are carved in circles , polygons and squares.


Siddhanath Temple

The siddhanath on the hill is a fine example of the early medieval Brahminic temple architecture.Its main feature is a frieze of elephants(over 1.5m high) carved on a stone slat at its outer perimeter.


24 Avatars

There is a group of Hindu and Jain Temples, displaying remarkable and skilfull use of varied architectural modes.


Govindeshwar Gufa

Place where Adi Shankaracharya received diksha from Guru Govind Bhagwatpad.


Satmatrika Temples

6 Km away is another group of 10 century Temples. Though damaged in the 11 century by the invading army of Mahmud Ghazni.


Getting there

61 Km from Khandwa, 78 Km from Indore, 133 Km from Ujjain.


Best time to Visit

July to March